Maybe try leaning into the crowd analogy

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You go even further into the crowd analogy “So now think of going through a crowd in a group and over time the smaller faster people end up ahead and together compared to the larger slower people.”

You watch your family as it almost looks like they’re following. “Okay, but this only works in something like water for diffusion, so that would be like traveling in the crowd only on the sidewalk”

Your mom looked a little confused and chimed in, “I don’t get it water? shouldn’t these particles always move in all directions, and I just don’t see what this has to do with colors?”

“Different particles make different colors,” you reply

“Always? What if someone dyes it, what would ya do then?”

“Mom, no one’s going to dye our compounds”

“I’m just saying, I’d watch out for that.”

It didn’t seem like you were selling anyone on your research, what do you do?

Try Something Else

Give up and go back to snacking on some artichoke dip in the living room

Published by B McGraw

B McGraw has lived a long and successful professional life as a software developer and researcher. After completing his BS in spaghetti coding at the department of the dark arts at Cranberry Lemon in 2005 he wasted no time in getting a masters in debugging by print statement in 2008 and obtaining his PhD with research in screwing up repos on Github in 2014. That's when he could finally get paid. In 2018 B McGraw finally made the big step of defaulting on his student loans and began advancing his career by adding his name on other people's research papers after finding one grammatical mistake in the Peer Review process.

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